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Aurora Kitchens in Somerville, opens new studio


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Aurora Kitchens Interiors, an award winning interior design and remodeling firm (auroradesignsnj.com), celebrated the Grand Opening of its new Design Studio, located at 10 E. Cliff Street in Somerville, on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 9 p.m.

During the open house, live music was provided by saxophonist Robert Pispecky and guitarist Roger Spinella, while each room featured a variety of different hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Over 150 people attended the event and all had good things to say. “This is a great building and a great location,” said Joseph Costello, a Financial Planner with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. and an Ambassador Member of the Somerset County Business Partnership. “The décor is very attractive. We are proud to see another small business opening its doors in Somerville.”

Phillipe Brudi, a current client, was also impressed. “I think this is a very attractive showroom. Lots of great ideas here, with a nice mix of traditional and modern décor,” he said.

The design studio is divided into a series of connected rooms, each designed in its own distinctive style. In addition to the standard kitchen and bath vignettes, the studio has a full working kitchen complete with functional appliances and pot filler.

The front room of this converted Victorian has a beautiful brick fireplace, which Aurora opted to showcase with built-ins on both sides and a conversation area with two chairs and an area rug set up in front. Many of the guests stopped to take advantage of the comfortable chairs and admire the interesting accessories housed on the built-ins throughout the evening.

“I’ve been here a number of times over the past few months and have watched the evolution of the space from plain and ordinary to what you see today,” said Amara Willey, a Professional Organizer and Owner of Time To Get Organized. “Most people won’t realize just how much work went into it.”

Shirley Perlinsky, Owner of SG Cleaning Services, was very enthusiastic about the new Design Studio. “The first time I saw this place, I knew that Aurora was destined to be a success,” she said.

Joan and Paul Alagna, who recently completed a project designed by Aurora, were very pleased with the result. “It started out to be just our kitchen and bath and wound up being the whole first floor,” said Paul. “Any change is difficult and ours was especially difficult because Joan and I have such different tastes, but Kelley and Kolbe were able to guide us through it and find common ground. A good example is the new island in the kitchen. I had my heart set on it while Joan was ambivalent, and even though they initially thought the kitchen was too small to accommodate an island, Kelley and Kolbe eventually found a way to include it and even Joan says it looks great!”

Laura and Steve Simroth spoke highly of Kelley and Kolbe’s design skills. “So far, we’ve redone our master bath, living room, dining room and foyer, and we’re trying to decide what to do next,” said Laura. “We know we don’t like what we have now but don’t know exactly what we want and are relying on Aurora for suggestions.”

In addition to selling cabinets and counter tops, Aurora also sells furniture, area rugs, and is a priority dealer of Blinds and Window Coverings from Hunter Douglas. “Located just a few minutes from the Somerville Circle, Aurora truly is your single destination for all your interior design and remodeling needs,” says Clark.

Kristi and Dave Hill concur. “They did a great job on our kitchen, family, dining, and living rooms,” they agreed. “It has been two months since Aurora finished and we still can’t believe that this is our house! We would highly recommend them to anyone considering a remodeling project.”

Aurora Kitchens Interiors has won a number of prestigious awards from the Central Jersey Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (CJNARI) for remodeling projects for local homeowners. At the 2012 CJNARI Awards Ceremony, Aurora was the only company in New Jersey to win “Contractor of the Year” awards in five different categories. For more information, contact Kolbe Clark at kclark@AuroraDesignsNJ.com or Kelley Evens at kevens@AuroraDesignsNJ.com or call 908-566-8555.

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KitchenAid Offers Formal Apology On Obama’s Grandma Tweet

obama's grandma jokeKitchenAid had some explaining to do about a tweet geared towards President Obama’s dead grandma. The home appliance company, was scrambling Thursday after an employee sent out an offensive anti-Obama tweet yesterday from the official KitchenAid account.

The tweet read, “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president.”

During Wednesday night’s debate, the president talked about his grandmother dying just three days before he was elected in 2008.

KitchenAid deleted the insulting tweet and has been sending out apology tweets throughout the morning.

Cynthia Soledad, KitchenAid’s senior director of marketing, told CNN the tweet was mistakenly posted to the official account by a member of the brand’s Twitter management team.

obama's grandma“The tasteless joke in no way represents our values at KitchenAid, and that person won’t be tweeting for us anymore,” she said. “I am deeply sorry to President Obama, his family, and the Twitter community for this careless error.”

The official KitchenAid apology tweets read as follows:

“Deepest apologies for an irresponsible tweet that is in no way a representation of the brand’s opinion. #nbcpolitics”

“I would like to personally apologize to President @BarackObama, his family and everyone on Twitter for the offensive tweet sent earlier.”

“It was carelessly sent in error by a member of our Twitter team who, needless to say, won’t be tweeting for us anymore.”

“That said, I take full responsibility for my team. Thank you for hearing me out.”

Read the full story at Atlantablackstar.com

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Announcing the Opening of Dollar Corner in Oak Ridge, North Carolina


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Oak Ridge, NC (PRWEB) November 04, 2012

Dollar Corner is a new, affordable and high-quality dollar store with a wide range of items from essentials to accessories, toys, kitchen and bathroom items, stationary, and a whole lot more. It is located at 2205 Oak Ridge Ste P, Oak Ridge, NC 27310. With a huge selection of unique affordable merchandise, Dollar Corner is expected to bring even more business to the area while providing a more affordable place to shop for the local community.

Dollar Corner offers all of the traditional items generally found at a dollar store for the same low price, however according to the owners it is able to offer higher quality items thanks to an excellent and expansive supply network. Categories include baby items and toys, balloons, batteries, candles, cleaning supplies, crafts, food items, frames, hardware, hair accessories, health and beauty products, houseware, jewelry, paper products, party supplies, pet care items, toys, office supplies, and much more.

Dollar Store Services, a Las Vegas business development company, assisted Rodney Foust in securing financing, locating the site, negotiating the lease, business training, store build-out, securing a network of wholesale suppliers, and is committed to providing ongoing business and marketing support. “Jim did a great job, he put out every fire that came his way,” Foust said of the build-out supervisor who oversaw the turn-key service.

Dollar Store Services is a non-franchise independent developer of dollar stores specializing in all areas of dollar store business development including financing assistance plus credit repair when needed, site location, lease negotiation, business training, store build-out, securing a network of wholesale suppliers, and ongoing support for the life of the business at no additional cost.

Dollar Store Services is a branch of Discount Retail Store Services, an independent non-franchise business development firm specializing in turn-key business setup for those who want to start a business including all essential core tasks plus training and ongoing support for the life of the business. Their business models include dollar stores, clothing stores, party stores, teen stores, mail box stores, and fitness centers. Entrepreneurs can get upcoming news about DRSS on Facebook.

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Business Milestones: Antique shop celebrating 35 years – Daytona Beach News

The business opened in 1977 and it’s one of the oldest antique shops in Daytona Beach, according to Mousseau, who is an antique dealer and appraiser. The shop has two other licensed employees.

The shop specializes in depression-era glass, pottery and dinnerware from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. It also has selections of Fenton and Shawnee cookie jars; Pyrex, Roseville, Franciscan and flow-blue dinnerware and elegant era Heisey, Cambridge, and Fostoria stemware. Turkey platters and candelabras are in stock for holiday tables.

There is no charge for china and stemware matching, a 90-day lay-away and appraisals on glassware brought to the shop.

Send us your business milestone photos

Businesses celebrating their recent grand opening ribbon-cutting events or their 20th, 25th or 30th anniversaries or anniversaries in 10-year increments beyond that, as well as their 75th anniversary, are invited to submit photos and a short description of their business to The News-Journal. Email your photos and business ribbon-cuttings and/or business anniversary announcements to clayton.park@news-jrnl.com. Please include a daytime phone number so we can contact you if we need additional information. Photos must include names of those pictured as well as the name of the photographer. For questions, call Clayton Park at 386-681-2470.

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Kitchen Aid apologizes for "irresponsible tweet" during presidential debate





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Kitchen Aid, the iconic home appliance brand, issued an apology soon after a staffer posted an offensive tweet from the company’s official account.

“Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president,” @KitchenAidUSA tweeted to over 25,000 followers Wednesday night.

The tweet presumably referenced President Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who died on Nov. 2, 2008.

The President referred to his grandmother during the debate, saying: “You know, my grandmother – some of you know – helped to raise me. My grandparents did. My grandfather died a while back. My grandmother died three days before I was elected president.”

Kitchen Aid quickly deleted the tweet. The company’s senior director of branding Cynthia Soledad took responsibility for the offensive message and tweeted an apology to the President, followed by an explanation.

“Deepest apologies for an irresponsible tweet that is in no way a representation of the brand’s opinion,” @KitchenAidUSA tweeted.

“I would like to personally apologize to President @BarackObama, his family and everyone on Twitter for the offensive tweet sent earlier,” @KitchenAidUSA continued.

“It was carelessly sent in error by a member of our Twitter team who, needless to say, won’t be tweeting for us anymore,” @KitchenAidUSA tweeted.

Soledad released this statement to Mashable via email:

“During the debate tonight, a member of our Twitter team mistakenly posted an offensive tweet from the KitchenAid handle instead of a personal handle. The tasteless joke in no way represents our values at KitchenAid, and that person won’t be tweeting for us anymore. That said, I lead the KitchenAid brand, and I take responsibility for the whole team. I am deeply sorry to President Obama, his family, and the Twitter community for this careless error. Thanks for hearing me out.”

There are no additional details on what happened to the staffer.

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Will ‘May Flower’ dishes bring bouquet of riches?

Dear Helaine and Joe:

My daughter inherited some dishes from her grandmother. The pattern is “May Flower” by Vernon Kilns and she has a service for eight with extra pieces such as a gravy boat, meat platter, vegetable serving bowls, coffee pot, creamer and sugar. I have tried unsuccessfully to find out the value and hope you can help.

Thank you,

F. B., Naples, Fla.

Dear F. B.:

The Poxon China Co. was founded in 1912, and was located on a ranch owned by George Poxon in Vernon, Calif. Initially, the firm made bathroom tiles, and few pieces of art pottery.

Around the beginning of World War I, Poxon began manufacturing dinnerware, mainly the type of items used in hotels and restaurants. Poxon China was sold to Faye Bennison in 1931, and renamed “Vernon Kilns.”

Unfortunately, the combination of the Great Depression and an earthquake that damaged part of the plant’s infrastructure and destroyed much of its stock made the 1930s a difficult time for Vernon Kilns, but it survived. In the late ’30s, the company hired some important American designers, including Don Blandings, Gale Turnbull and Rockwell Kent, to revamp its lines.

Royal Hickman designed the “Melinda” shaped dinnerware in 1942 and it can be found decorated with several designs, specifically “Fruitdale,” “Monterey” and “May Flower.” These patterns are similar with “Fruitdale” being embellished with representations of fruit and flowers while “May Flower” has only flowers.

These three patterns are comparably priced but examples of “Monterey” seem to be a few dollars cheaper in most cases. Looking at the photograph F. B. enclosed, there are some desirable pieces including the covered vegetable, the coffee pot and the lug-handled chowder bowls.

It needs to be understood that the prices we are about to quote are retail or insurance replacement value, and they should not be construed as the prices that could be obtained if F. B.’s daughter decided to sell her inheritance.

Selling almost any kind of dinnerware can be difficult and the owners of such items are often surprised at how hard it is to find a buyer and how little buyers are willing to pay. We should also point out that this particular set is everyday earthenware and not porcelain or what would be classified as fine china.

The cups and saucers are normally valued at $15 each and the dinner plates $20 each. Salad plates are much less valuable at $10 and the bread-and-butter plates are often quoted at $8 each.

We could not find a quote for the sugar bowl, but it appears that it would be in the $30-to-$35 range while the creamer sells for $18. The lug-handled chowder bowls are $28 each, while the covered vegetable is in the $120-to-$140 range.

The value of the meat plate depends on the diameter. The 12-inch diameter round plate is $18 and the 13-inch is more in the $38 range. The oval platter is $50.

This leaves the coffee pot, which probably retails in the $200-to-$225 range, and we found a record of one selling for $129 in May.

(Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson are the authors of “Price It Yourself” (HarperResource, $19.95). Contact them at Treasures in Your Attic, P.O. Box 18350, Knoxville, TN 37928. Email them at treasures(at)knology.net.)

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KitchenAid apologizes for tweet about Obama’s grandmother – WXIA

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(USA Today) — Another company learns the pitfalls of “social media.”

The appliance seller KitchenAid has apologized for an “irresponsible tweet” about President Obama’s late grandmother, whom he invoked during Wednesday night’s debate in a discussion about Social Security and Medicare.

Deploying Twitter-speak, KitchenAid sent this message: “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president.’

Obama grandmother Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise the future president, died the same week as the 2008 election.

After scores of complaints, KitchenAid tweeted out an apology: “Deepest apologies for an irresponsible tweet that is in no way a representation of the brand’s opinion.”

Company officials said an employee mistakenly sent out the critical comment on the corporate account, rather than a personal one.

KitchenAid’s Cynthia Soledad told Mashable in an email:

“During the debate tonight, a member of our Twitter team mistakenly posted an offensive tweet from the KitchenAid handle instead of a personal handle. The tasteless joke in no way represents our values at KitchenAid, and that person won’t be tweeting for us anymore. That said, I lead the KitchenAid brand, and I take responsibility for the whole team. I am deeply sorry to President Obama, his family, and the Twitter community for this careless error. Thanks for hearing me out.”

Here is what President Obama said last night:

“My grandmother, some of you know, helped to raise me — my grandparents did. My grandfather died a while back. My grandmother died three days before I was elected President. And she was fiercely independent. She worked her way up — only had a high school education, started as a secretary, ended up being the vice president of a local bank. And she ended up living alone by choice. And the reason she could be independent was because of Social Security and Medicare.

She had worked all her life, put in this money, and understood that there was a basic guarantee, a floor under which she could not go. And that’s the perspective I bring when I think about what’s called entitlements. The name itself implies some sense of dependency on the part of these folks. These are folks who’ve worked hard, like my grandmother, and there are millions of people out there who are counting on this. ”

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